Nurse's Notes

Donna Garrett, RN
MNES School Nurse 


Unintentional Injuries          

Injuries and poisonings are the two most common reasons for emergency room visits for children. There are many ways to keep our children safe.

Burns - When cooking keep the handles of the pots and pans turned in towards the center of the stove. Never leave the stove unattended when cooking. Check the temperature of your hot water heater and turn it to 120 degrees or lower. Keep matches and lighters away from children.

Water safety -Teach your children to swim. Life jackets are a must especially in the lake. Keep fences to pools and hot tubs locked. Supervise small children in the tub. Watch closely, as drowning can happen in a matter of seconds.

Sport safety – Have your child wear the correct protective gear for the sport they are playing, such as helmets, mouth guards, eye protection, elbow pads and knee pads. Make sure your child is hydrated and had a snack before long periods of exercise.

Poisoning – Put the number in your phone for the Blue Ridge Poison Control Center – 1-800-222-1222. If you think your child has taken something by mouth, got something in their eyes, nose or skin, act quickly and call the number, don’t wait for symptoms to start. Keep all medicine, household cleaner and garden supplies up and away, locked and out of sight.

Healthy Food Snack List 2018-2019


Wellness Policy
Bedford County has updated their wellness policy. There are links above to the list of healthy food snacks and a Wellness Policy. You can also use
the smart snacks schools calculator that is on the district School Nutrition
page or follow this website:

FAMIS is Virginia’s health insurance for children of eligible families. Coverage includes doctor visits, prescriptions, dental care, vision care, emergency care and much more.

Call 1-855-242-8282 or go online to



Please register your child in CareDox. CareDox is how the nurse communicates with the parent. The nurse no longer sends home paper clinic visits. You will receive an email from CareDox about your child’s visit. Go to

CareDox Parent Information


Protect your family……

 Clean your hands — Washing your hands often will help protect
you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an
alcohol-based hand rub.
 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth — Germs are
often spread when a person touches something that is
contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, and
mouth. Remind you child not to touch their faces.
 Avoid close contact — Avoid close contact with people who are
sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect
them from getting sick, too.
 Keep your child home when they are sick — Staying home will
help prevent spreading their illness to others. Also resting will
hopefully decrease the recovery time.
 Cover your mouth and nose — Cover your mouth and nose with
a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those
around you from getting sick.
 Practice other good health habits — Frequently disinfect
surfaces, especially when someone is ill. Get enough sleep, be
physically active, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.

When should I keep my child home….?

  • Fever more than 100, your child should stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without taking fever reducers.

  • Productive cough with fever.

  • Severe and persistent earache.

  • Sinus drainage that is green or yellow.

  • Red eyes with yellow drainage and matted eyelashes.

  • Vomiting and diarrhea, your child should stay home for 24 hours after symptoms are resolved.

Classroom Celebrations

Always check with the teacher to see if there are any food allergies in the class, before you bring food into the classroom. Remember that food allergies are serious and can be life threatening. Treats can be non-food items such as pencils, markers, stickers, etc.
Also consider any food or non-food item that could be a choking hazard.  Food items that are brought into the class should be healthy.  See the Healthy Food Snack list.

Medication:  All medication must be brought to school by the parent.  According to Bedford County Public Schools policy, no medication should be transported on the bus.  Prescription drugs require a consent form signed by the doctor.  Over-the-counter drugs must be in original packaging and require a consent form signed by the parent.


Communication:  If your child has had a recent illness or injury that you are concerned about please contact me by phone @ 540-297-4411  


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